EXCLUSIVE ‘Designer Vagina’ Surgeries DOUBLE in a year because ultra-tight gym leggings have become so popular, plastic surgeon claims
- With the rise of tight sports leggings, more women have experienced pain and friction
- This, in turn, has led to an increase in labiaplasty to remove tissue that causes genital pain
- Surgeon says he has now treated more women in early 2022 than in all of 2021
The number of women seeking “designer vaginas” has doubled in recent years due to the rising popularity of sports leggings, claims a top plastic surgeon.
Labiaplasties involve reducing the size of the labia minora – the flaps of skin on either side of the vaginal opening – and cost up to £4,000.
dr. John Skevofilax, chief surgeon at Signature Clinics, said he performed about 50 of the procedures by 2021.
But a surge in demand over the past year meant it had already surpassed that number by the first half of 2022.
dr. Skevofilax told MailOnline that women are increasingly seeking labiaplasty because tight clothing such as leggings are uncomfortable and “draw attention to the labia.”
“Sportswear is a little tighter and it’s form-fitting so it puts pressure on the area,” he said.
“They experience pain, discomfort in general, chafing, many women will feel so uncomfortable that they try not to wear this type of clothing.
“It’s all interrelated, choosing a legging that causes discomfort and which in turn draws attention to the labia and the need for surgery.”
An increase in the wearing of tight leggings that put pressure on the labia causing pain and discomfort could be the reason more women are seeking labiaplasty, claims a top surgeon (stock image)
Famous stars such as Kim Kardashian have been partially credited with popularizing the wearing of tight leggings during both exercise and casual wear.
What is labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty is surgery to shrink the labia minora — the flaps of skin on either side of the vaginal opening.
It involves cutting out unwanted tissue with a laser scalpel in a procedure that takes about one to two hours.
Some women have labiaplasty because they don’t like the look of their labia.
However, the NHS advises that it is perfectly normal to have noticeable skin folds around the opening of your vagina.
Since this is not a problem in most cases, labiaplasty is rarely available at the NHs.
Women considering labiaplasty are advised to speak to their primary care physician, who may encourage them to speak with a counselor or psychologist before undergoing surgery.
In the UK, a labiaplasty costs around £2,000 to £4,000, although the cost can vary depending on the extent of the procedure.
Labiaplasty is generally only offered in exceptional circumstances, such as the removal of cancerous tissue in vulvar cancer.
Leggings are thought to have become trendy in the 1970s thanks to some of the biggest celebrities of the decade, such as Debbie Harry and the late Olivia Newton-John.
But in recent years, they’ve been replaced by tight workout leggings that have coincided with the rise of gym culture.
Sometimes referred to as “athleisure” — a mix between gym and casual wear — the style has been popularized by reality TV stars the Kardashians.
dr. Skevofilax said 80 percent of women seeking labiaplasty were now seeking a solution to discomfort while wearing tight clothing rather than for aesthetic reasons.
It used to be thought that designer vaginas were fed by unrealistic body images in pornography.
But dr. Skevofilax said this was “dangerous and misleading” because it evoked a sense of shame in women seeking help for pain they are experiencing in their lives.
“Women should be able to wear what they want to wear,” he said.
“If they choose tight-fitting clothes, say yoga pants because they’re following a specific fashion trend or simply because it’s just better suited to this type of exercise, they should be able to do so without fear and ‘a bite on the lip’ of what’s to come.
“Actually, I’ve never heard a patient say, ‘I want my vagina to look like so-and-so porn star.'”
dr. Skevofilax instead attributed an increase in labiaplasty to women who were more open about their experiences of pain from wearing tight clothing and the solutions.
Where women want labiaplasty for aesthetic reasons, said Dr. Skevofilax that he had a long talk during the consultation to make sure the treatment was right for them.
“In this way, we can ensure that people make the right decisions for themselves,” he said.
dr. Skevofilax is a surgeon with 15 years experience and Signature Clinics has offices in the UK including London, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow and Cardiff.
In labiaplasty, a scalpel or laser was used to shrink the labia minora — the flaps of skin on either side of the vaginal opening.
The procedure can be performed under a general anesthetic or under a local anesthetic and can take one to two hours.
Labiaplasty generally costs between £2,000 and £4,000 in a private clinic, although the total price tag may depend on the extent of the work being done.
As this is considered a cosmetic procedure, it is only available on the NHS on rare occasions.
These include removing cancerous tissue if a woman has vulval cancer.